Tony Stewart of Clooney has revealed a new-look restaurant and new head chef, Nobu Lee. Born in Taipei and raised in Tokyo, Nobu found passion for food at an early age and dedicated his career to learning his craft from the best in the business at Asia’s top restaurants and hotels. Nobu’s career step changed when he had the opportunity to work under Chef of the Century, Joël Robuchon. A defining time in his career, Nobu worked his way up to sous chef and was a key part of the L’ATELIER de Joël Robuchon Taipei team. Over the years Nobu has earned his stripes as one of Asia Pacific’s top Chefs with an impressive resume of Head Chef roles at award-winning restaurants including Marque and most recently Vue de Monde in Sydney. Nobu is renowned for his simplistic style, discovering the extraordinary in ordinary ingredients, and inspiring leadership.
Since announcing late last year that the award-winning restaurant Clooney would undergo change in chef and direction, founder and restaurateur Tony Stewart has invested energy and time thinking about the new-look Clooney and refining the experience around his loyal customers.
Clooney came into strife in October last year after a public argument between Stewart and the head chef at the time, Jacob Kear. Stewart ultimately accused Kear of being self-serving, while Kear denied this, saying that his only aim was to put Clooney in the top 100 restaurants in the world. Stewart announced at the time that Clooney would close its doors on January 28.